Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
Week 48. Thanksgiving. What was on your family’s Thanksgiving table? Do you serve the same dishes now as your family served in the past?
Most of the time we ate the tradition Thanksgiving Dinner. We would have a huge turkey with stuffing and dressing, green beans with bacon (not the casserole), candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, a waldorf salad, something made with cranberries, a relish plate and to top off the meal pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
We would have family dinners, although there were times when we would join friends to celebrate the day.
After our marriage in 1975, our Thanksgiving was at Grandma’s house, and so I did not have the opportunity to prepare the turkey. She would let us bring some side dishes, but she fixed the turkey and dressing. Over the years, it took on the job of dishwasher that was my contribution to the dinner. As the years passed and she was unable to prepare the meal, it purchased, and we still had Thanksgiving at her house until her death in 2001.
Several years ago I was going to have my family and a few others in for the Thanksgiving Dinner. It was quite an experience. My oven had been on the fritz from some time and I decided if I was going to have Thanksgiving I need it repaired. The first effort didn’t get it fixed and so the part to repair the oven was to arrive after Thanksgiving. So how do you fix a Thanksgiving Dinner with out an oven. A roaster was purchased and the stove top and numerous crockpots were used to fix the dinner. I discovered the roaster could be used for baking and it heated rolls and cooked other items for the dinner. Even with all of the hurdles a Thanksgiving feast was put in front of the family. A couple of new things were added a potato casserole, and some appetizers, otherwise it was my traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.
Just remember that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, the food is not as important as the time spent together with the family.
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